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Keynote: Future Thinking

What will the future bring? What trends and technologies will emerge? How can you help your organization or your own business shape the future? In this session we will explore how to adopt a futurist mindset to identify weak signals and the steps you can take to prepare for the potential changes to drive innovation

You will walk away with:

  • Data resources you can access to identify weak signals
  • A framework you can you to identify obstacles and opportunities
  • Tools you can share with your team
Keynote Speaker: Myra Roldan

Chief Cloudification Officer, Maker of Stuff, Writer of Things, Explainer of Doohickies, Knowledge Distributor, Amazon Web Services


Empowering people to explore and develop themselves holistically is my passion. I strive to evoke transformation in people by creating programs to enable them to become curious learners who develop the tech skills needed for the jobs of today and tomorrow. On December 17, 2018, I joined AWS Educate and the Cloud Degree team. 2019 was the year of global higher education disruption. I developed an in-depth competency framework. Then working directly with leaders and educators at over 140 higher education institutions globally l, we used the competency framework to build and implement cloud computing curriculum and degree programs gaining publicity world-wide.

Watch Myra's TEDx Talk https://youtu.be/CtW11JtnxGM

Launching an enterprise VR learning program to transform the employee experience

The global pandemic has changed a lot of things for organizations around the world. It accelerated remote work, put a new an emphasis on technology, and put the employee experience (EX) in the spotlight. Virtual reality training is an innovative way to boost employee engagement and performance while saving costs, however, launching an immersive training program can seem daunting at first if you don't know where to start.

In this session, you'll explore the strategies and steps you'll want to take in order to successfully launch an immersive learning program, including how to get buy-in from stakeholders, how to identify the best use cases to drive positive impact for your organization, and how the Immerse Platform can streamline the roll-out and measurement of results.

Join us to learn:

  • A step-by-step process for designing a successful VR training program
  • To understand why launching a pilot is a great idea to get started
  • How to successfully roll out and scale your VR training
  • Ways to measure your results and iterate

Cathy Hackl is a leading tech futurist and globally recognized business leader specializing in augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), & spatial computing. She is one of LinkedIn's top technology voices (the highest honor on the platform) and a champion for diversity. Hackl has worked with some of the biggest names in tech including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Magic Leap, and HTC VIVE. She leads the Futures Intelligence Group, a futures research & consulting firm that works with clients in tech, fashion, media, government, and defense implementing innovation strategies, strategic foresight, and emerging technologies. BigThink named Cathy one of the top 10 most influential women in tech in 2020 and she's been called the CEO's business guide to the metaverse. Cathy was included in the 2021 prestigious Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led. She is a sought after keynote speaker and author. She has spoken at CES, SXSW, Comic-Con, Adobe Summit, Harvard Business School. Facebook, Twitter, Aspen Institute, In-Q-Tel, US Navy, SDA Bocconi, IE, Singularity University, and many other places Cathy is a professionally trained futurist and uses strategic foresight and futures intelligence to harness weak signals and today’s emerging trends and help companies and brands future-proof their long term strategic planning.

Using MS Teams, Slack & other collaboration platforms to deploy chatbots for learning

The “work from home” phenomenon that Covid-19 caused has been a major catalyst in the proliferation of workplace collaboration platforms like Microsoft Teams and Slack. It is now possible to have chatbots on these platforms facilitate workplace learning and performance support in an unprecedented way. Chatbots can now be programmed to reach more employees with learning content, reminders and job aids. This session showcases common use cases on these platforms and how to set them up.

Vince Han, CEO/Founder at Mobile Coach

Vince Han is an industry thought-leader for learning and learning technology and speaks often about artificial intelligence and chatbot technology. Vince is the founder and CEO of Mobile Coach and a frequent speaker at conferences such as Training Conference, DevLearn, Learning Solutions, Masie’s Learning Conference, ATD ICE, ATD Techknowledge and others. He holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Vince has founded several successful technology companies and resides in Utah.

How to Create Exceptional Mobile Learning with Rise

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a profound shift in our collective thinking around mobile learning. Overnight, every organization has had to embrace it. Yesterday's “expectation” that training should work on mobile devices is now an imperative. With everyone working remotely while simultaneously juggling the needs of their families, learners cannot be tied to a desktop computer to learn. Companies simply cannot train people without making their training mobile-friendly. But creating mobile learning hasn't always been easy. Between authoring apps designed for delivering slide-based experiences and not scrolling web-like experiences, to Learning Management Systems that weren't designed for viewing content on mobile devices, the entire tech stack for creating mobile learning was outdated. And that's why we created Rise.com.

In this session, you'll learn how the process of creating mobile learning has evolved over the last 5 years—and even the last 6 months. We'll show you how the traditional authoring app + LMS tech stack failed to deliver learners with a seamless mobile learning experience, and how it didn't scale to meet the needs of businesses, either. Finally, we'll walk you through a simple process you can use to quickly and easily create, share, track, and analyze mobile learning in Rise.com. You'll leave this session with new insights into the important role mobile learning can play in your training strategy, and how Rise.com, an all-in-one training system, can help anyone create engaging multi-device learning—no coding skills required.

In this session, we'll show you:

  • Why mobile learning will continue to be an essential component of your training strategy—even after COVID-19
  • How the process of creating mobile learning has evolved
  • How a modern online training system like Rise.com helps you achieve in hours what used to take weeks or months
  • A simple process anyone can use to quickly and easily create, share, track, and analyze mobile learning in Rise.com

Trina Rimmer, Sr. Customer Marketing & Engagement Manager at Articulate

As a Sr. Manager of Community and Customer Engagement with Articulate, Trina Rimmer uses her many years of e-learning design and development expertise to inspire e-learning professionals using Articulate 360 and to educate and nurture business leaders and human resources professionals using Rise—the new all-in-one training system from Articulate.

Before joining Articulate, she worked as an instructional designer, e-learning developer, and writer focused on delivering engaging, effective learning and performance solutions to various companies, from global aid organizations to Fortune 500s.

Designing Stories Into E-Learning

eLearning doesn’t have to be a content-focused experience that leaves learners overwhelmed and wondering how it all applies to them. Incorporating storytelling into your design is a great way of making content easier to understand and feel relevant to the learner. But how well you design stories into your courses it what determines its success.

In this session, you’ll learn the three primary steps for using storytelling to enhance your elearning courses. First, you’ll learn strategies for interviewing subject matter experts to get the stories you’ll need to tell. Next, you’ll learn tips for using instructional design strategies to build stories into your courses. Finally, we’ll discuss bringing stories to life using dialogue and imagery.

In this session, you will learn:

• Ways to interview subject matter experts to unearth the story the course needs to tell

• Methodologies for designing stories into your courses

• Strategies for telling your stories with scriptwriting and multimedia techniques

Hadiya Nuriddin, MA, MEd, CPTD, Author of StoryTraining

Hadiya Nuriddin has two decades of experience in learning strategy, instructional design, elearning development, and facilitation. She worked in corporate learning before choosing to found her firm, Duets Learning, where she's worked with a wide array of companies on a variety of topics. She speaks at events and industry conferences and travels teaching courses for the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Hadiya holds an MEd in curriculum studies, an MA in writing, and the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation. She is the author of the book StoryTraining: Selecting and Shaping Stories That Connect, published by ATD.

The Cognitive Science of Video

Many learning producers get training video ideas from popular forms of media including social media, entertainment, and commercials. But are those methods useful when producing a training video? Many videos that move us emotionally are not set up properly to transfer knowledge. In many cases, these training videos make an attempt to inject emotional elements like music, animation, and humor but these techniques fall flat when the main objective of the video is to transfer information. Optimal training videos use strategic emotional elements combined with video based information, presented with a low cognitive load.

In this session, you'll learn how cognitive studies illustrate methods for creating an optimally-formatted knowledge transfer video. You'll learn how to strategically use emotion in your training video to grab the viewers' attention or send them on a call to action. You'll explore various techniques to display content on the screen that reduces cognitive load and allows for ease of information processing. Learn the secrets for creating long-form training videos that maintain learner attention by using emotional fence posts. Next, you'll look at the importance of information priming and reflection in a short form training video, and the various techniques used at the beginning and end of your video. Walk away with video recipes that you can use to create your own training videos.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What cognitive science studies impact video creation
  • How to structure an optimal training video
  • How to strategically use emotion
  • How to reduce cognitive load
  • What is priming and reflection
  • How to use a video recipe
Josh CavalierLearning Architect - Digital Technologies

For over 25 years, I've been creating educational videos and e-learning content, and now I want to share my knowledge with the world! My mission is to teach everyone the secrets of creating enduring instructional videos. These videos can be for a flipped classroom, marketing, product knowledge, changing an attitude or belief, how something works, or any experience you need to share. Through my new site - Josh Cavalier.com , I'm focused on building the best educational video consulting and training business. With an emphasis on quality and complete customer service.

Design Thinking for Learning Design

The 21st-century workforce is unique; people have endless options for learning in the ways that best meet their needs. Yet many of the design and development models in L&D are decades old. That’s where design thinking comes in; it’s a modern approach to creative problem-solving that’s iterative, collaborative, and experimental. And it’s also fun!

In this active session, we will explore how Design Thinking is a mindset as well as a method for generating innovative solutions. You will have an opportunity to participate in a Design Thinking cycle to see how this approach can stimulate ideas for creative, human-centered solutions that fit the modern workplace.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to think differently about learning experience design
  • How to develop empathy for learners/participants
  • How to define problems in a new way
  • How to generate lots of ideas for solutions
  • How to prototype and test your ideas

Connie Malamed, Chief Mentor at Mastering Instructional Design

Recognized Learning Experience Designer with a history of delighted clients. Skilled in instructional design, visual design and workshop facilitation. International keynote speaker and author of two books written at the intersection of visual design and learning. Publisher of The eLearning Coach website with free resources and over 350 articles, The eLearning Coach Podcast and Breaking into Instructional Design. Download my free eBook: Writing for Instructional Designers at http://theelearningcoach.com.


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